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2 days ago

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The arrival of spring has brought with it the wonderful sight of wood anemone in bloom. These were spotted at Forest Farm & Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve in Cardiff where there are carpets of flowers across the woodland floor.

Have you spotted any near you?

As it's surprisingly slow growing (six feet in a hundred years!) it is a good indicator of ancient woodland. Hoverflies are particularly fond of wood anemone and help pollinate it.

www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/plant-fungi-species/wood-anemone

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4 days ago

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Get outdoors with Outdoor Cardiff.

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#BoreDaCdydd Mae’r Gwanwyn yma! 🌻 😁 Beth am grwydro’r awyr agored a darganfod y llwybrau bywyd gwyllt, y parciau a’r mannau gwyrdd arbennig yng Nghaerdydd? Dysgwch fwy yma: socsi.in/qnZzB #CyhydnosyGwanwyn
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2 weeks ago

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This beautiful turkeytail fungus has made its home on a log bench at Forest Farm in Cardiff.

If you spot it on a tree or rotting stump take a closer look at the wonderful colours. There is often a mix of brown, yellow, grey, purple, green and black but the outer margin is always pale - either cream or white.

The colourful nature of this fungus meant it was once popular as a table decoration! Find out more here: www.first-nature.com/fungi/trametes-versicolor.php

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Five volunteers spent a decidedly changeable morning clearing debris from the Glamorganshire canal.

Following recent rainy weather, the level of the canal is really high, with water overflowing the towpath in places.

At the Forest Farm Road end, the canal drains under a cast-iron bridge, into the old Melingriffith feeder stream. But the gap under the bridge easily gets blocked by branches and leaves that have fallen into the canal, so regular unblocking is needed.

After doing that, we worked our way up to Forest Lock, removing anything floating in the canal that we could reach (mainly branches).

On our way along the canal, we saw the first bluebells of the year, on the opposite bank of the canal, by where the Sunnybank cottages used to be. (Only Spanish ones, it's true, but bluebells all the same.)

At Forest Lock we stopped for a break, at the end of which the sky was a looming mass of dark grey clouds, and it started to rain, so by common consent we called it a day. The walk back to the Warden's centre was done in driving sleet, confirming the obvious wisdom of our decision.

Five minutes later the sky was a field of blue, with bright sunshine. Hey ho.
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3 weeks ago

Friends of Forest Farm

Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) is just beginning to bloom at Forest Farm in Cardiff. It's a great early source of food for bumblebee queens emerging from hibernation.

Despite its name you don't need to avoid brushing against the leaves - the 'dead' in 'dead-nettle' refers to its lack of sting. The scientific name is from the Greek lamia meaning ‘devouring monster’. Take a close look at the flower and you'll see it looks like open jaws.

Look out for this plant on farmland, waste land, hedgerows and on roadsides. Read more here - www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/plant-fungi-species/red-dead-nettle

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